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#12268364 - 09/13/17 Duck hunting decline  
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#12268377 - 09/13/17 Re: Duck hunting decline [Re: jaguartx]  
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I will be danged.

I reckon I would really enjoy duck hunting down south.

Hell, you could trade the duck meat for crawdads.

#12268389 - 09/13/17 Re: Duck hunting decline [Re: jaguartx]  
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Good read. Thanks for posting.

#12268391 - 09/13/17 Re: Duck hunting decline [Re: jaguartx]  
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Ducks Unlimited took their concept from Trout Unlimited and released the ducks after they were shot. Once they found out you are supposed to keep the ducks they shot, hunter numbers are certain to plummet. Eating a duck is eating a tire.


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#12268396 - 09/13/17 Re: Duck hunting decline [Re: jaguartx]  
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Delicious if they have been feeding on grain or acorns and are cooked properly. Miserable if they have been living on lakes and eating minnows.

Tires are tough. Tough ducks are overcooked, as are tough doves or most anything else.


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#12268401 - 09/13/17 Re: Duck hunting decline [Re: HitnRun]  
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Originally Posted by HitnRun
Eating a duck is eating a tire.

Cut the meat into small chunks and make chili. About the only way I can eat wild duck.

#12268404 - 09/13/17 Re: Duck hunting decline [Re: jaguartx]  
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Waterfowl hunting is booming here but it is mainly those coming from other areas to take advantage of earlier seasons.

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Sort of faded out of that scene. Federal stamps, state stamps, non toxic shot, and reporting requirements seemed to make it a hassle and a bit expensive.


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Do not care for duck. Pain to fix it.


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#12268413 - 09/13/17 Re: Duck hunting decline [Re: jaguartx]  
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Duck is good


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Duck is about as simple as it gets to cook.


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Duck hunting has become too danged expensive.

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I think another part to the decline is the costs involved, having to use steel shot which isn't cheap, Hunting licenses are pushing 50 bucks with another 50 bucks for the Fed and State stamps. Even the Federal Refuges that allow hunting have gotten cost prohibitive for most people.




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The study cites a lack of good places to hunt as the primary reason hunters give for no longer going.
Personally, I would add that there are multiple skills involved in bringing a duck from wing to table.
Requires some level of marksmanship, often requires excellent dogs or some other means of retrieval, and cooking ducks is not easy and takes some culinary talent.

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I read once that duck is best cooked about medium-rare.

Anything past that is ruined....or so they said.


Absolute truth for beef.....stands to reason it would be true for duck.

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You believe that crap? You think they arent trying to nail someone in the few days of off season?
I wonder how many young men just pass on the $25 duck stamp if they may only get an outside chance at one or two ducks a year while deer or squirrel hunting.

Take a two or three ducks and half a chicken in a pressure cooker for 20-30 min. Pour off the fat and cook the rice or dumplings in the juice. Pretty simple. Or, leave out the chicken, debone duck meat, mix duck and the juice in the cornbread dressing mix. Slap yo mama good.


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If you're not drawing blood on the knife, the duck is over cooked.

Millard (assuming it ain't been feeding on salmon eggs), teal and wood duck are my favorites, with wood duck being #1.

Brown it in a cast iron pot with a little oil, only takes a few minutes, I then set it atop some sliced apples and stick it in a 500 degree over for 10-20 minutes depending on size of duck

Divers make gumbo or sauce piquant.


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Back in the eighties I was a big time deer hunter in central Georgia. Shot lots, and lots of 'em.
Two of my deer hunting buddies were also big time duck hunters.
What a hassle! They had to buy all those decoys, and those calls, plus camo, duck stamp etc etc.

Had to go out at 4 am to some little beaver pond and stand there in the cold, hoping to get a shot.
I was never the slightest bit interested in duck hunting. I never went, though I was invited many times. I have never owned a shotgun.
I must say, those central Ga. wood ducks were delicious! I have eaten lots of 'em. My buddies roasted them in the oven.

Don't know if my buddies are still going after the wood ducks I lost touch with both of them.

#12268490 - 09/13/17 Re: Duck hunting decline [Re: jaguartx]  
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Call em "free range ducks", and folks will be lining up.



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I'm not surprised. It takes a little more effort to hunt ducks successfully and regularly than some other wild fowl -- up at dark-early or there at dark-late, or scouting the right field with permission. Decoys. Boats. Waders. Too much work for too many now.

And, as mentioned, waterfowl can take on the quality of semi-resurrected, bad, mammalian liver if not prepared properly both in deed and in mind.

But, I've found, for me, the small puddle ducks like teal and woodies to be quite good and Canadians too.

I'll never forget back in my earnest youth trying to roast snow goose (sky carp as one friend puts it) and on another occasion scaup -- two separate experiences that forever scalded several minds to ever trying waterfowl -- "ducks" -- again, and that were blamed for the next year's poor landscaping.

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I see two reasons why hunter numbers are decreasing.
From my experience most hunters nowadays do not want to put in the work required to successfully hunt ducks. They do not want to get up well before dawn and get the deeke's set up and take them in when done. Duck hunting involves a lot of work and money.

The second reason is that hunters are tired of the lies that the government and DU has been putting out about duck numbers. The migration is never close to what they predict. I'm sure the numbers are good down south but the northern Mississippi and Missouri flyway do not get the migrations like they say they will.

Add up lots of work and money and low bird numbers and anyone but die hard duck hunters will find other things to do.


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I don't hunt ducks often anymore and I miss it some. I have fond memories of cold foggy mornings,sitting in a duck blind waiting for shooting light and listening to the sounds of wings and the whistling sounds the pintail ducks made as they glided over our pond. Buck (my lab) and I spent a lot of great mornings together.

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#12268519 - 09/13/17 Re: Duck hunting decline [Re: Steelhead]  
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Originally Posted by Steelhead
If you're not drawing blood on the knife, the duck is over cooked.

Millard (assuming it ain't been feeding on salmon eggs), teal and wood duck are my favorites, with wood duck being #1.

Brown it in a cast iron pot with a little oil, only takes a few minutes, I then set it atop some sliced apples and stick it in a 500 degree over for 10-20 minutes depending on size of duck

Divers make gumbo or sauce piquant.


Yep, acorn fed woodies are the best. Im going to try that recipe, Steel.

Also, try peeling the meat off the breast bone, skin, slice 1/2 inch fillets across the grain and roll in flour and chicken fry. Tastes similar to fried back strap.
I sometimes gut the bird, put in a plastic bag for a week in the fridge if its not cold enough to hang outside a few days. Tender.
I can grill those 2 skinned breast pieces on the grill, marinated or not. Same with dark geese.


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Scroll down to easy duck strips. I love cooking wood ducks like this. and it can't be any easier.

https://www.realtree.com/waterfowl-hunting/articles/duck-dinner-in-30-minutes


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